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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Babar's Celesteville Games

By: Laurent de Brunhoff

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Babar and his family are thrilled that Celesteville is hosting the Games! This is their chance to...

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Baseball from A to Z

By: Michael Spradlin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Comic illustrations effectively combine with a straightforward text to bring baseball terms to...

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How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals

By: Michael Phelps, Alan Abrahamson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Michael Phelps, the celebrated swimming champion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, explains the...

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Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee

By: Chris Van Dusen

Age Level: 3-6 years old

In this rhyming adventure, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee learn to ski. They didn't expect to run...

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Olympics

By: B.G. Hennessy

Age Level: 3-6 years old

All over the world, people are getting ready for the Olympics. Runners, swimmers, skiers, and...

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Pelé: King of Soccer/El rey del fútbol

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Did you know that as a boy, Pelé played soccer in bare feet with a grapefruit instead of a soccer...

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She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

By: Audrey Vernick

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Effa Manley, born when jazz was new and sports were segregated, was passionate about fairness...

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Sports! Sports! Sports! A Poetry Collection

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Can a poem capture the excitement, exhilaration, or anguish of defeat when playing sports? The...

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The Mud Flat Olympics

By: James Stevenson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The animals of Mud Flat decide to let the games begin in their unique version of Olympic...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

By: Matt de la Peña

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Joe Louis' boxing match against Max Schmeling in 1938 reverberated in the U.S. and through...

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A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson

By: David Adler

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A portrait of a true American sports hero, Jackie Robinson, who was the first African American...

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A Picture Book of Jesse Owens

By: David Adler

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jesse Owens was a breakthrough athlete — an African American who captured the world stage (...

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A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

By: Michelle Green

Age Level: 6-9 years old

At just over 5 feet tall, no one thought Mamie Johnson, also known as "Peanut" because of her size...

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Ancient Greece and the Olympics (A Magic Treehouse Research Guide)

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Where and how the Olympics began is explored in this factual companion to Hour of the Olympics...

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Basketball Belles: How Two Teams & One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map

By: Sue Macy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Women and girls haven't always played basketball. In fact, it was a struggle to play while...

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Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin' Cowboy

By: Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The most celebrated black cowboy was Bill Pickett, a fearless rodeo star with a knack for taming...

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Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson

By: Charles Smith

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Arthur John Johnson became known as Black Jack, the world's first black heavyweight...

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Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team

By: Audrey Vernick

Age Level: 6-9 years old

"[B]ack in the 1920s and '30s," twelve of sixteen Acerra children played baseball (the girls back...

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Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art!

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A trip to Brazil inspired this look at a unique sport called "capoeira." The result is...

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Cross-Country Cat

By: Mary Calhoun

Age Level: 6-9 years old

What kind of cat would go sliding off on skis, and who'd believe it anyway? When the family...

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Freeze Frame: A History of the Winter Olympics

By: Sue Macy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The winter games began in France in 1924. This compelling examination of their start, the...

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Home-Run King

By: Patricia McKissack

Age Level: 6-9 years old

There were always discoveries to be made in their grandmother's attic; and Gee always had a...

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Hour of the Olympics

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Annie and Jack travel back in time to the first Olympic games to retrieve a lost story. There they...

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How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball

By: David Shannon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Baseball and a boy named Georgie Radbourn are the reason that America's perpetual winter came to an...

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Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen

By: Marissa Moss

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jackie loved to pitch baseball. Her long practices paid off when at 17-years old she pitched for...

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Mush! Sled Dogs of the Iditarod

By: Joe Funk

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Iditarod racers often run in families of humans and the dogs that run. The grueling, exciting race...

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Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy

By: Bill Wise

Age Level: 6-9 years old

William Hoy wasn't born deaf but lost it as a boy growing up in rural Ohio. In spite of his hearing...

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Skating Superstars

By: Scholastic Publishing

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Figure skating has become a popular Winter Olympics sport. Meet well-known figure skaters from...

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Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics

By: Sue Macy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Even though the ancient Greeks conceived the Olympics, it was a small Frenchman "with a...

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Tacky and the Winter Games

By: Helen Lester

Age Level: 6-9 years old

While Tacky's friends train for the winter games, he sleeps during sit-ups, pigs out on pizza...

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The Wrigley Riddle

By: David Kelly

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Go inside Wrigley Field where the Chicago Cubs play baseball with Mike and Katie as they solve the...

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Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman

By: Kathleen Krull

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Wilma Rudolph not only overcame polio, she went on to become the first woman to win three...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Double Reverse

By: Fred Bowen

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Jesse isn’t as good a football player as his older brother but with a bit of encouragement from...

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We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball

By: Kadir Nelson, Nelson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

An introduction by baseball great Hank Aaron opens this riveting look at the history of the Negro...

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